Las Vegas rockers The Killers are back with a new single titled, “The Man.” It’s been five years since their last album Battle Born. “The Man” is slated to be off their upcoming album later this year called Wonderful Wonderful.
The Killers dominated the early 2000s music charts, and to this day haven’t stopped. In fact, their most popular song “Mr. Brightside,” released in 2004, is still on the the U.K. charts. “Don’t Stop Believin” is to American dive bars as “Mr. Brightside” is to British pubs. But now they’re chasing the charts with fresh content and the same big, sonic sound they’ve perfected from the start.
Brandon Flowers has cemented his stance as a heavy hitter in the rock ‘n roll world. In the opening lyrics, he says, “I know the score like the back of my hand, Them other boys, I don’t give a damn, They kiss on the ring, I carry the crown.” Admittedly, it’s a bit cocky, but supports the song title literally. The rest of the verses mirror this sense of entitlement, even referring to his musical gift as “USDA certified lean.” Yeah.
On “The Man” he boasts lyrics of confidence and attitude in the chorus, exclaiming, “I got skin in the game, I got a household name, I got news for you baby, you’re looking at the man.” After 16 years in the business, Flowers and company surely have the right to make statements like this. Their repertoire of arena anthems that never age and consistent hits on every album earn them the respect demanded on this single. However, as I stated previously, it still comes off a bit entitled and cheap.
The song itself opens with a roaring climax of synthesizers similar to that of the old VHS tape ads before the film started. The following is classic Killers: sonic guitars and keys, anthem-ready chorus, and Flowers’ easily recognizable theater-like vocals. All in all, it’s not a song worthy of building up a comeback hype. But, The Killers prove with consistency that they always find a way to stay relevant, so keep an optimistic mind for the rest of the album.
The Killers are currently touring the world with a short run of U.S. cities in October and a stop at Lollapalooza before in August. With an upcoming album release, tour dates are sure to be released shortly after. Stay tuned.